degras

noun de·gras \dāˈgrä\

Definition of degras

plural

degras

\-äz\
  1. 1a :  a fatty substance obtained by pressing certain skins following the action of oxidized fish oil on them and used in dressing leather —called also moellon — see sod oil b :  a mixture of this substance with other fats or fatty oils (as fish oils) or sometimes wool grease

  2. 2 :  wool grease

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Origin and Etymology of degras

French dégras, back-formation (influenced by gras fat, from Latin crassus thick, fat) from dégraisser to remove the fat from, from Middle French desgresser, from des-, de- de- + gresse, graisse fat, grease — more at crass, grease


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